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Pennsylvania Update: Same-Sex Marriages Gaining Momentum

by Jean Ann Esselink on August 8, 2013

in DOMA,Jean Ann Esselink,Legal Issues,News

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The Commonwealth (State) Court has still not issued an order to restrain Montgomery County Pennsylvania, and same-sex couples in the state are starting to believe it’s for real.

Monday, Montgomery county reported its biggest day yet for marriage license requests, issuing 16 licenses to gay and lesbian couples from all over the state.

By end of business Tuesday, 84 licenses had been issued to same-sex couples, and 22 of those 84 are now married and had their licenses recorded by the Registrar of Wills, Bruce Hanes, the man whose conscience started it all.

This week, John Fetterman, the mayor of Braddock in Allegheny County, which is in western Pennsylvania, joined Bruce Hanes in his bout of conscience. Saying he didn’t want to be on the wrong side of history, Mayor Fetterman married John Kandray and Bill Gray, a gay couple from Pittsburgh. John and Bill made the trip across the state to obtain a marriage license in eastern Montgomery County.  

Also this week, Mayor Elizabeth Goreham, from State College, which is in Centre County, in central Pennsylvania, has offered to marry anyone who presents a Montgomery County license.

The dominoes continue to fall.

The County’s response to the State’s complaint isn’t due until August 19, and a judge still has not been assigned. It is a good bet that no order to stop lesbian and gay couples from marrying in Pennsylvania will be forthcoming before then. Marriage anyone?


Image from newlywed John Kanady’s Facebook 

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